Grateful Dead Live at City Island on 1983-06-22
2 Sennheiser ME-80 and 2 AKG D-1000 mikes run through mixer>Sony D5M
(30 feet from stage dead center. Recorded by Tommy McKeown)
Note- This is the same source as the previous etree seed (shnid #7222), though I believe the previous seed has been normalized. The previous seed was also missing the last 4 minutes of Deal, and had small (DAO) silent spots between all the tracks; via Eric Ray; Seeded to etree by Willy
Subject: '83 Summer
Subject: phil in lab coat
Subject: the dust bowl
Subject: 28 years ago today
Subject: Awesome Spanish Jam
Rest of the show is fair to good (skip the Bucket).
Subject: Wild Time
The band looked tired to me as they started and had some technical difficulties early but came on strong later in the night. We were within 10' of the stage.
My other great memory is a friend who dosed a little much laying on his back staring at the sky during miracle. We thought we were going to lose him...Great memories from a fun time in the bands history.
Subject: Great sound quality?
Despite that, though, I can tell that this is a decent show. I'm struggling whether to give it a 3 or a 4 because it's a solid 3.5. Gets 3 stars because the sound drove me nuts. The short first set starts with a hot funky Stranger, then takes a nap, only to wake up for a blazing Deal. The second set is the warbling set, but I could hear an excellent China Cat and a fun Spanish jam in there somewhere.
As far as the Harrisburg crowd "Not quite getting it," as someone who lived in the Harrisburg area for 4 years, people in Harrisburg just generally don't quite get jammy music. I saw the Rhythm Devils here a while ago, and most of the crowd stayed in their seats the entire time! The energy level was waaaaaaay low. Seen several other concerts by funky and jammy bands in this area and they always feature lame audiences.
Subject: Brent, not Jerry
Sounds like a good show, excellent source.
Subject: First Show
The show was just OK, but when Bobby realized that the crowd was 'not quite understanding it', he started to use a few swear words during 'Hell in a Bucket' to get the crowd going - that to me was even obvious at the time.
Then the China Cat - nice !!! Good 'raw' Dead!
I spoke to a friend of mine who was dating Bob at the time (years later) and she told me that the band 'just hated the palce'. Odd - because they came back in '84 too.
Everything came together very well just as it was getting dark and they turned the lights on - just before 'Playin ...' After that, the show took on a different meaning --- backtracking, it really started during 'China Cat' and kept on going and the D/S was excellent.
Didn't make it to Madison for the next show as I was only 17, but I still pull out this tape now and again today to hear a very clear recording of the Dead before they really started selling out every show after Hershey, PA in '85.
Subject: Stella Blue
Subject: Space, the final frontier
Subject: River Waves
Subject: this was the weakest show of this tour
Subject: Sound Quality? Yes. Show Quality? No.
The recording quality of this show is excellent, esp. considering it was 83. However, upon further listening, I still remain unimpressed with both setlist and performance. It started out great with a strong Stranger, but FOTD, CC Rider, and Ramble on Rose slowed the show down to snooze level. I felt that way both then and now. At the time, few knew Brother Esau except for tapers and those who could get tapes. When Deal hit, there was NO WAY it was going to be a set closer after only 40 minutes and 5 songs. So it felt like the set was picking back up again. Trust me when I say I wasn't the only one a little confused and disappointed by a 6-song, 50 minute 1st set. This was 83, not 93. The Deal is good, but I still say it's one of the weakest 1st sets I saw in my 129 shows.
Bucket starts the 2nd set but it's still 83 and like Esau, you had to have tapes (or be on tour) to know the tune. IMHO, this Bucket is average to below average. China > Rider is real good and the Playin has it's moments too. Miracle was good and I can't really comment on Stella Blue as it's just *not* my kinda song (I realize that's heresy to some). GDTRFB was a pleasant surprise and was probably the highlight of the entire show for me. Not Fade Away was good. To me, Brokedown Palace is 2nd only to Black Muddy River as worst encore song possible. I do not understand going out on a low note. This whole show seemed slow and boring to me then, and upon multiple listens since, I'm not convinced otherwise. I very much enjoyed hearing it again, but I wouldn't recommend this show to anyone who wasn't there. There are way too many shows from 82-84 that destroy this one.
Subject: Hey Now......
Subject: 2 Thumbs up!
Subject: very nice recording
Subject: Lesh Bombs....
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